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Repulsion [VHS] [1965]

Catherine Deneuve , Ian Hendry , Roman Polanski    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, David Stone, Gérard Brach
  • Producers: Gene Gutowski, Michael Klinger, Robert Sterne, Sam Waynberg
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,218 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roman Polanski's psychological drama was his first English-language feature. A young Belgian woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in a Kensington apartment when her sister goes away. She becomes increasingly unstable, experiencing hallucinations which have their roots in her fear of male sexuality. When two aggressive men turn up, her tortured nightmares spill into real life violence.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive buy 25 May 2004
By S. P. Maxwell VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This was Polanski’s first English language feature, financed by a company whose previous output mostly consisted of soft porn! It showcases the director’s talent as a creator of menacing atmosphere, following a beautiful young French girl (Catherine Deneuve) as she descends into madness after being left alone in her flat by her sister. The central theme is fear and hatred of sex, but this is a claustrophobic and haunting film, not an academic treatise on female sexual paranoia. Polanski observes the descent into madness because it is an interesting and disturbing thing to watch (at least when seen through his eyes/lens), not because he wanted to make a point about psychology. It has aged well, and during my viewing of it the only bit that seemed dated was the strange sixties music that plays as Denueve is walking round the streets of London. However, even this has its charm and is not off-putting. The masterly direction ensures that the slightly stricter censorship of the day does not diminish the power and horror of some of the more unsettling scenes (I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil the plot if you haven’t seen it) The extras are interesting, including some retrospective interviews, which are always nice. Truly, it is disturbing, voyeuristic entertainment at its best.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy 22 Nov 2008
By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Even on her good days, Carol lives on the edge of sanity; she stares endlessly at sidewalks cracks, feels things crawling on her body, and doesn't respond to people. But when her sister leaves her alone for two weeks, Carol loses her grip on reality and goes completely mad.

Roman Polanski's first English language film is almost a silent movie with just a bit of dialogue. The action is mostly in Carol's mind, as she sees, hears, and feels the things that go bump in the night, fears many have felt at one time or another, but she loses herself in her horror. Twenty-two year old Catherine Deneuve also made her English language debut in the film and gives a stunning performance. Her fragile beauty contrasts with the ugliness and brutality of her hallucinations and the audience is swept along on her journey.

This is not a movie to watch at night if you're afraid of the dark or of being alone. A very effective thriller.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, sad and authentic 31 Mar 2008
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is part of Polanski's trilogy on the horrors of apartment living in the city. Having lived in a very old Paddington flat furnished in the 60s, I found this film full of familiar stuff.

Carol is a French girl living with her sister in South Kensington. Her sister is quite tough, carrying on an affair with a brutish married man, but Carol is very sensitive and troubled. Cracks appearing in the walls, aggressive landlords, food left around the house, the sounds of music, and sexual activity next door. It's all true.

Deneuve is good. The pictures of 60s South Ken are interesting, and the film says something about the isolation you feel in the big city in any era.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cinematic masterpiece. 5 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film charts the slow descent of a French girl, Carol, played by Catherine Deneuve, into madness and horror. The acting in this film is superb, and especially by Deneuve, who brings to her part a delicate balance of vulnerability and strangeness. Right from the start, there is a sense that this beautiful, introverted, seemingly harmless girl, is not 'quite all there.' Give her a slight push, and she will tumble into total madness. As a performance, it is reminiscent of Anthony Perkins in Psycho.
The camera is on Carol all the time, and we see events unfold through her paranoid and schizophrenic mind. We feel her isolation. The mundane is amplified -the ticking of a clock, the sounds of the street outside, the toiling of the bell from the next door nunnery-and made to seem menacing. She is dependant on her sister to such an extent that when her sister goes to Italy on holiday, leaving her alone, she loses her lifeline on which to grasp for human contact. Her isolation is so intense that other people become a threat. Those who are a menace to her, such as her landlord, are treated in the same manner as those who wish her well, such as her boy friend. She can no longer tell the difference. The madness in her mind is made manifest on the screen: Huge cracks appear in the wall symbolising the cracks appearing in her mind. Hands come out of the wall and touch her. Her nightmares torment her with physical contact of men, the one thing that horrifies her, and which are made utterly believable by the vagueness of the camerawork and the silence on the soundtrack-how very much like a real nightmare. The structure of the film is marvellous, as is the cinematography. There is not a shot or a frame wasted as every scene, every shot, builds up to show Carol's loosening grasp of reality.
One of the greatest films of the 20th Century. On every level, this film not only works, but works brilliantly. Roman Polanski is a genius, and this film is his cinematic masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! 12 July 2008
Format:DVD
I've seen "Repulsion" quite a few times over the years, and it never gets any less absorbing to watch in spite of knowing the outcome.
Catherine Denueve is incandescently beautiful in it but this all masks her real persona which I guess is shown in the early photograph of her when she was just a child. The rest of her family, involved all together in the event of having their picture taken, but her, aloof, distant, in the background, staring into space, not really wanting to be a part of it. I think this showed a real understanding on the part of the director of the type of personality she had that would later erupt into murderous rage as a result of her paranoia and mental isolation. Sad. Disturbing. And quite possibly one of the most brilliant movies ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 10 days ago by iTom
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly creepy piece of psycho-horror from Polanski
Made in 1965 Repulsion was Roman Polanski's second feature film after Knife in the Water (1962), and his first made in English. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Film Buff
4.0 out of 5 stars "Repulsion" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With The...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1965 Polanski cult movie “Repulsion”. And the 'BLU RAY' is available in the States and France. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, somewhat disturbing film
Not for everyone perhaps, but this is an interesting and disturbing early film from Roman Polanski, so one would expect to be presented with something out of the norm.
Published 10 months ago by Edward Kershaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray option.
For those wanting a Region B Bluray copy try the German release (called 'Ekel' on www.amazon.de) which includes the English soundtrack version. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Andrew D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Polanski's greatest film??? (ODEON Release)
Any director who can make KNIFE IN THE WATER/CUL DE SAC/CHINATOWN/ROSEMARY'S BABY and "Repulsion" deserves a place in the hall of fame of film directors. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. W. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive
If i could give this more than 5 stars i would.
This is one of the best and most compelling horror films I have ever seen. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JONESY
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Details +++ NB: The transfer is 1920x1080i 50 Hz
-> BLU-RAY review

Transfer looks fairly good.
But instead of the usual Blu-ray Full HD 24fps 1920x1080p (= "progressive" - i.e. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mickey_one
3.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
I had high expectations of this film and I must say I was a little disappointed. It is definitely of its time, when the issues explored in this film could only be explored in the... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by KurtMcGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Classic movie! I will never get bored of it. I was searching for this movie on DVD for quite a while because most shops tried to charge me rip off prices for it. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by I. McEntaggart
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